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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 23 Mar 2018 07:09 PM and ends Sat 24 Mar 2018 08:07 PM

Parshat Korach

כ"ב סיון ה' אלפים תשע"א


Torah Reading this week
Parshat Korach  Numbers Chapters 16:1-18:32   
Haftorah: Samuel I - Chapters 11:14-12:22
Shabbat Mevorachim Ha Chodesh - Blessing of New Moon  
Shabbat Mevorachim, "Birkat Hachodesh - the Shabbat that blesses” is a blessing for the new incoming month recited in synagogue after the reading of the Haftorah (before returning the Torah scroll to the Ark) beseeching Hashem to grant us blessings and protection during the following month.
The holy Arizal, the greatest kabbalist Rabbi Yizchak Luria, explains that as Shabbat is “miney misvorchin kuleyyomin” “from it (ie from Shabbat all the days of the week (to come) are blessed. Thus, the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh, - is a special time for drawing down the most blessings for the new month. Hence some have the custom to recite the entire book of Tehilim (Psalms) on the morning of Shabbat Mevorachim ensuring a new month of blessings of Life, Peace, Good Health, Peace etc for all. 

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